South Indian Spicy Prawn Curry Recipe

Off late I was reminded of my mom's mango fish curry and I remember we used to relish it the next day with some cold curd rice, sounding weird ?? I am sure everyone has some crazy combinations when it comes to food. Well my brother has one, he used to love dosa with ghee and sugar dip and he made me fall in love with that and we both used to be crazy about it :-), he used to end up with those teenage nightmare "pimples" and I used to escape :D. Now my husband loves to have curd, rasam and sambar all together :-) I know I am getting some glares...

Coming back to my mom's fish curry, I had no clue how to do and amma was not reachable too. Hmmm so something seafood would satisfy I hoped and ended up doing this simple coconut seafood curry which is another hit at home. This is a simple coconut based curry that is light and not to overpowering  the peas and prawns balance well and it is medium spice, the kashmiri rec chilli powder give this curry its gorgeous color. Needless to say husband loves this, I add a bit of peas just to make it looks a little healthy :P but its totally up to you. You could even use beans or potatoes it would still taste equally great.

Recipe- Own
Serves - 3-4 people
Cook & Prep time - 25 mins


Medium king prawns (with/without tails, deveined) - 500 gms
Fresh/ frozen peas - 1/2 cup, defrosted
Onion - 1 medium, finely chopped
Ripe tomato - 1 large, finely chopped
Green chilli - 4, slit
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Kashmiri Red chilli - 1 tsp (gives the beautiful hue)
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Shredded coconut - 3 tbsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Cinnamon stick - 1" inch - 1
Cardamom - 2
Cloves - 4
Whole Jeera/ cumin - 1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 3 tbsp
Salt - as needed

  • Wash and set aside the prawns, was the peas and set aside. Keep ready all ingredients needed for the curry
  • In a large pan heat oil and add the whole spices - cinnamon, clove,cardamom and once they release aroma add the jeera/cumin and the fennel seeds. While its turning brown add the onions and let it turn light brown, later add the ginger-garlic paste and cook until the raw smell goes away. To this add the tomato and let it cook until nice and mushy should take 3 minutes
  • To this add the masala powders - red chilli, kashmiri red chilli and coriander powder, mix well and add 1/2 cup water and let it cook until oil releases. It would take 3-4 minutes and to this add the prawns and peas and coat it well with the masala on the pan. 
  • Add 1 cup water and bring it to a boil, later simmer it to medium-low and cook covered. In the meantime grind the coconut add this to the curry and bring to a boil, mix and cover the lid. Let it cook of 4 minutes under medium-low flame
Serve hot with rice, dosa or idlies :-)

Cooks Wisdom

- Instead of peas you can add beans or even potatoes
- Coconut milk can also be used in this curry


  1. very beautiful preparation priya.. like the curry color.. everyone has likings for crazy combinations :)

  2. Yummy and flavorful curry.. Peas makes a nice and interesting combination..
    As usual, nice presentation.. :)

  3. wow..yummy yum!!! Love the combination of peas n prawn...lovely..Now after reading ur post I feel like eating Mango fish curry:)

  4. Wow...super tempting n delicious ciurry

  5. Lip smacking ...lovely clicks too

  6. Delicious curry Priya. My hubby makes brococoli sambhar when he was staying alone. So weird combos sometime taste great.

  7. Ohhh.. that looks sooo good. It sounds yummy

  8. Love the addition of peas,the gravy looks so yum,spicy and delicious,drool..

  9. OH! What a colour! Delicious.

  10. Beautiful curry with a good colour. Have never tried adding peas to it though. Should try it next time. I was reading Divya's comment and actually went back to the first pic to see you. Well I did find you but could not see :(

  11. Ah, tell me about wierd combinations! I used ot like muruku dipped in coffe :P haha... lovely dish, am sure u both wud have had a hearty satisfying meal :)

  12. This looks very tempting, nice presentation

  13. What a delicious soup! So warming, comforting, wonderfully spicy and tasty.



  14. Wat a colourful curry,seriously catchy.. A real feast for sea food lovers like me,especially prawns just love it.

  15. peas and prawn in a south indian taste? thats a good thought priya ji. Luved ur clicks dear

  16. I’m loving that you are currently producing a local guide for me. I’m hoping there are more recipe to come!

  17. Love the coconut and prawn combo...tempting curry.

  18. Prawn curry with mango is my fav...never tried prawns and peas..A very new combo to me...Love the color of curry...


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